In the comments to my post gloating about Iraqi democracy, Josh copies a comment reiterating that we Americans can’t gloat about Iraqi democracy because they did not vote to enable us to gloat. The key line of that comment was “You do not own their courage.”
I would agree that we who favored liberating Iraq and attempting to create democracy there do not own their courage. But, you should also remember that you who opposed this action do not own the terrorism they and we faced. Whenever anti-war folks argue that we are provoking terrorism or whenever people like Michael Moore argue that the terrorists are freedom fighters, they should remember that they don’t own the terrorism and that making such statements only encourages more.